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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Greeley & Stone, Publishers, LLC; 1st edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942991192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942991192
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,514,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An exceptional writer --Michael Blake, Dances With Wolves

First-rate fiction that is interwoven with sharp insights about our times and culture. It is rich in illumination of many other important issues we all should be pondering. You can t put it down while reading it, and can t forget it after you ve finished it. --Dan Rather
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beautifully-written and powerful look at humanity and the reverence of life as seen through the lives of a social activist who never lost hope, and the reporter who covered her story. -- Heidi Prescott, senior vice-president, Humane Society of the United States --pre-publication review

For too long much of society lived as second class citizens. Before the First Snow: Stories from the Revolution is a compilation of stories that was born out of the 1960s and the revolutions that called for equality among race, gender, and sexuality, staring down the United States government entering a war viewed as utterly pointless and without value. A time of social turbulence, Before the First Snow is an intriguing piece of history from the personal stories that put it all together.

--Midwest Book Review



Before the First Snow is provocative and edgy, sparing no institution, including the media, but it is also first-rate entertainment and a literary masterpiece that magnificently captures a three-decade period in American history, and asks the readers to reflect upon their own lives and values. -

--The Daily Item

--The Daily Item

For too long much of society lived as second class citizens. Before the First Snow: Stories from the Revolution is a compilation of stories that was born out of the 1960s and the revolutions that called for equality among race, gender, and sexuality, staring down the United States government entering a war viewed as utterly pointless and without value. A time of social turbulence, Before the First Snow is an intriguing piece of history from the personal stories that put it all together. --Midwest Book Review

Before the First Snow is provocative and edgy, sparing no institution, including the media, but it is also first-rate entertainment and a literary masterpiece that magnificently captures a three-decade period in American history, and asks the readers to reflect upon their own lives and values. - The Daily Item

--The Daily Item

About the Author

Dr. Brasch is an award-winning syndicated social issues columnist, and the author of 17 books. He is vice-president of an ACLU chapter (and active in 1st amendment and due process issues), and executive vice-president/co-founder of a large regional alliance for the homeless. He is a former newspaper reporter and editor, magazine editor, and multimedia writer/producer. He is a retired professor of mass communications.

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Walter Brasch: Author, national award-winning syndicated newspaper columnist, university professor. A writer who looks at society and tries to understand, then analyze and explain its many complex parts as they relate to each other to help people better understand their own lives and what's both necessary and important to their lives.

Find more about me at: www.facebook.com/walterbrasch, www.walterbrasch.com, walterbrasch.blogspot.com

. . . Latest book: BEFORE THE FIRST SNOW: Stories From the Revolution. Its a journalistic novel about the counterculture between 1960s and 1991.

Rosemary Brasch: labor studies professional; Red Cross disaster volunteer (family services)
Parents of two sons, several pets.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Howard-Johnson VINE VOICE on January 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When I saw Walter Brasch's new title, I thought "historical." Something about the subtitles made me think of the American Revolution. I have been a Brasch fan since his The Joy of Sax: America During the Bill Clinton Era and, though somewhat historical now, it was current (and funny!) then!

But, no. Brasch had a different kind of Revolution in mind. And I was not disappointed! This book merely added a new dimension to the reason that I am a Brasch fan. This book is one that anyone who loves (or has dabbled in) journalism will want to read. This book is one that anyone who lived through the 60s and 70s will relish. This book is for anyone who likes their politics served with compassion and a caring for the future. No wonder it was endorsed by the likes of Dan Rather.

So, now, I can sit back and wait for the next book from this prolific author. But others who haven't read Brasch's work may want to get a hustle on. They have some catching up to do.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SKP on October 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
With the ongoing Wall-Street protests I keep hearing it said-
"The Hippies were right". We were the generation who called out for a different way of life-beyond consumerism and war.
We did not win. YET. But look at the young people of today. Many of them even dress like we did, as they hold their protest signs high.

This novel reads like a history book, a history of the 60's. At times it was painful for me to read a page- so close to personal memories. The rock concerts, the war protests, the communes, the unity of a generation in love with the idea of peace, of another way to be.
Still today the evil marches on. Yet another oil war, melting nuclear power plants, melting glacier ice.
And now another generation of brave young people. They should read this book.

Here in Nevada and other western states, our American Wild Horses are being wiped out by the government. It is a very complex issue, with the BLM lying to we the people. In BEFORE THE FIRST SNOW, in a few pages, this story is simply told.
And it is the same story, over and over.
Our all-important freedom of the press, is being taken over by corporate powers. Insane Nuclear Power Plants, with the power to destroy the world, are still being called the 'answer' to energy demands.
In BEFORE THE FIRST SNOW, these stories are told.

We are at war with the Banks and the Corporations.
"Banks!" Shouts the now older 60's hippie Apryl in BEFORE THE FIRST SNOW-
"Banks and Corporations! They stole the land from the people, and they don't have anyone they have to answer to."
Read this book and join the Wall-Street Protests. Marches are organizing in cities across our land.
It is October. Hurry-before the first snow.
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Walter: I just finished reading your book. It reminds me of the book by Howard Zinn: A peoples History of the United States. Much of this book I can relate to. Page 53: Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy and Cesar Chavez were great men. Page 61: Suicides by many people I could relate to. Page 62: Howard Zinn reflects on this in his book about how we treated the Indians. Page 64: You speak of the Japanese and how they were treated during World War II, A very pathetic situation. Page Page 110: the parades on the 4th of July. No parades in our town in good old St. Marys, PA. And a very depressed town at that. Page 119: I would love to be a vegetarian but my wife won't let me. I believe that killing animals for food should be forbidden. Animal Farms should be outlawed. Page 217: So many people being killed because of these useless wars. Page 228: I love to fish and do not kill any of them, all catch and release. Page 241: I belong to Trout Unlimited and just volunteered for their Marcellus Shale project. I believe that this gas drilling should be stopped but because of the jobs it creates, I seriously doubt this will ever happen. Page 249: You certainly fooled me and perhaps many readers with the fact that Apryl had two names. Page 286: I believe that the Bush Administration were idiots to go into that war. Page 288: CNN did a great job with this war effort. I watched all this with Ernest. A war we should have never got involved in.

Any way I could go on and on. I did not know that you wrote so many books. Too bad our library here in St. Marys does not have any of these.

A question: How long did it take you to write this book? I just checked Wikipedia and your age did not come up. I'm 64 years old and I believe you and I are about the same age.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ConstantReader on July 8, 2012
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Those of us who lived through the period and events in this book will find it a nostalgia trip, and not always pleasant. The younger generation needs to read this for the lessons relevant to today. At the least, look at what we survived when this country and the world were in tatters a generation ago. That may offer hope for what we endure today.

Aside from the historical aspects, the characters and dialogue are engaging, true fiction with a historical time and place.
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